Most Memorable VMA Performances To Take Your Mind Off Horrible Images of Miley Cyrus On Stage

When in Manila and you’re a certified music lover, you’d most probably seen the latest Video Music Awards and are still reeling over the fact that they let Miley Cyrus wreak havoc on stage.

She’s absolutely no longer a Disney Princess. While our minds and eyes still hurt from her VMA appearance, it’s brought back memories of the most memorable performances that you know were given utmost preparation and taken seriously by these music artists.

Miley’s mind-bending and ghastly performance at the most recent VMAs is the most jaw-dropping (not in a good way) the show has had. I’m no expert here but I grew up watching the VMAs and while I’ve seen quite a few shocking moments on the MTV stage, nothing comes close to this good-girl-gone-way-bad fiasco.

smith family reaction to miley cyrus vma performance


Miley Cyrus’ performance at the most recent Video Music Awards  left the Smith family in shock.


All that twerking, grinding, foam finger action, and tongue exposure makes Britney’s epic-fail comeback-performance of Gimme More look Grammy-worthy and Madonna a nun.

So, to refresh our memories of how awesome the VMAs can be here’s a list of amazing performances in the awards show’s history:

Eminem, The Real Slim Shady/The Way I Am, 2000

Performing amidst a see of Slim Shady look-a-likes, Eminem proved why his in-your-face, honest lyrics are a hit to lots of fans.

Taylor Swift – You Belong With Me – 2009

The queen of break-up songs showed us why country music rocks. She did so well in this performance and even did better when she showed class when Kanye rudely interrupted her victory speech later in the evening.

Madonna, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera, Like a Virgin/Hollywood, 2003

What’s better than seeing three of the biggest female pop icons in one show? The three of them lip-locking. The split-second kiss from the groom, Madonna, to the brides, Britney and Christina, was a shocker to everyone. But it was so good it’s going to be remembered for a long, long time. And oh, Missy Elliot performed alongside them. But who cares about her, right?

Justin Timberlake, Like I Love You, 2002

JT debuted his solo single in the VMAs with a huge beat box as his background much to the delight of millions of fans. The former Nsync frontman showed us that he’s got what it takes to make it big sans his  band-mates. His awesome dance moves, falsetto, and charisma on stage kind of reminds us of one particular pop royalty.